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Taiwan People

There are, of course, more people in Taiwan but this is a list of people I highly recommend for something Taiwan related for English speakers. There are many people I haven’t added yet that I want to. I will slowly add people as I come across useful links. If you want me to add you, please email me: liefintaiwan@gmail.com. Thanks!

Lanterns hang on Chijin Island

Mazu Temple Lanterns, Chijin Island Tian Hou Gong, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan


Steven Crook

Prolific Taiwan writer with three books (Bradt,DO’s,WG), one travel app, and hundreds of articles to his name and fellow Tainan resident.

Writing Blog: http://crooksteven.blogspot.com/

Bradt Guidebook Blog: http://bradttaiwan.blogspot.com/

Smoking Pen, veteran advice for writers: http://thesmokingpen.blogspot.com/


Richard Foster

Twenty+ year Tainan resident, runs the small but reputable Barking Deer tour company specializing in personalized tours around Taiwan.

Website: http://barking-deer.com/index.htm

Blog: http://barkingdeernews.blogspot.com/

Birding Taiwan: http://birdingtaiwan.blogspot.com/


Matt Gibson

Adventure travel blogger, writer, photographer, website designer/internet spin doctor and sometime Tainan resident.

Matt-Gibson.org: http://www.matt-gibson.org/


Robert Kelly

Lonely Planet Author and avid Taiwan hiker. Allegedly contracted scrub typhus from mosquitoes in Namasia (perhaps my land!)

Excellent, but poorly attended, hiking blog; Pashan: http://hikingintaiwan.blogspot.com/


Henry Westheim

Henry is one of the most accomplished foreign photographers living in Taiwan. He has a gorgeous studio in Taichung and does high-end advertising, corporate and editorial work.

Henry Westheim’s professional stock and portfolio site, Asia Photo Connection: http://www.asiaphotoconnection.com/photographer-taiwan/


Craig Ferguson

Craig is a Taipei based Photographer whose photography is stunning and is also a great Taiwan resource.

Craig Ferguson Images: http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/


Garret M Clarke

Garret is a Taipei/Tainan based portrait and events photographer who does some amazing work.

Garret M Clark: http://garretmclarke.com


Steven Vigar

Steven is a Taipei based portrait and events photographer who does some amazing work.

Steven Vigar Photography: http://www.stevenvigar.com/


Up Against the Wall Asia

The brainchild of Photographers Steven Vigar and Garret M Clarke, this Photography company produces high quality location photography in Taiwan

Up Against the Wall: http://www.upagainstthewall.asia/


Michael Turton

The place to go for informative opinions on Taiwan politics but also a great place for biking/Taiwan related posts for those of us who are too lazy for politics.

The View from Taiwan: http://www.michaelturton.blogspot.com/



Fellow Tainan resident, great photographer and blogger.

Hanjié’s Blog: http://hanjies.blogspot.com/


Fabian Graham

Fabian is an anthropologist studying folk religion in Singapore and Taiwan. His site has some amazing photography, learned essays and information — and don’t miss the videos.

Fabian’s website: http://4fabian.multiply.com/


David Reid

Although no longer living in Taiwan, his presence is still felt and his blogs continue to be a great resource.

David on Formosa: http://blog.taiwan-guide.org/


Fili Gilad

Also no longer in Tainan, yet still a great all around Taiwan resource.

Fili’s World Travel: http://www.filination.com/blog/

and with David:

Life’s TAIWANderful: http://www.taiwanderful.net/


Todd Alperovitz

Todd lives in Nantou with his wife and daughter. His blog has great photography, lots of  good information and don’t miss the Taiwan’s Butterflies link!

The Daily Bubble Tea: http://thedailybubbletea.com/


Neil Wade

Fellow freelance photographer who offers tips, advice, inspiration, a refreshin look at Taiwan’s natural side, as well as a great travel App: Taiwan Adventures — A Mobile Guide to Taiwan.

Neil Wade’s Photography Blog: http://taiwan-photography-blog.com/


Phil Dawson

Taipei based writer with information rich blog and great Taiwan travel App: Taipei Uncovered

Taiwan Stories: http://phildawson.org/


Nicole Darcy

Nicole lived in Tainan for many years and now teaches Mandarin in America. A great resource for all things Mandarin.

Mandarin Links: http://www.mandarinlinks.com/home/

Follow her on Facebook and get great news and information.



Carrie Kellenberger

Good grief, this woman is busy. Carrie is a freelance writer, editor, and photographer.

Carrie has so much going on I will refer you to her ‘about’ to save time: http://www.myseveralworlds.com/carrie-kellenberger/

Destinations, Lifestyles, and Cultures in Asia, , My Several Worlds’ is an amazing resource: http://www.myseveralworlds.com/

Carrie also publishes a newspaper that always has interesting articles


Pawl English

This one time Tainan resident is a professional web designer and an outstanding creative photographer.

Randomized Images: http://www.randomizedimages.com/

Pawl English: http://www.pawlenglish.com/


Nino Novak

Another very busy blogger. His blog is a treasure trove of Taiwan info for travelers.

My Kafkaesque Life: http://mykafkaesquelife.blogspot.tw/


Micki and Kristen



Karl Bergman

Another Tainan resident and authority on Tainan, Karl Bergman’s Tainan City: http://tainancity.wordpress.com/


Chuck Clark

Chiayi based cyclist and longtime friend with informative cycling blog

Carbon and Leather: https://carbonandleather.wordpress.com/

Online Taiwan Forums

I admit I only use The Tainan Bulletin, but Forumosa and Taiwanease are apparently great resources for getting Taiwan information.





T.C. Lin

Amazing street photographer T.C. Lin: http://poagao.org/


Johnny Z



Mike Price

Think Taiwan: http://thinktaiwan.com/


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